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UNICEF joins talks about Wales’s future

How to promote sustainable development with young people has been the focus of talks between the Welsh Government and UNICEF yesterday.

The United Nations Children's Fund, known as UNICEF, is the world's leading organisation for children, working in over 190 countries.

UNICEF has expressed an interest in encouraging children in Wales to get involved in the planned pilot 'National Conversation' next month about the most important issues for Wales on improving our lives, and those of our families and communities for the long term.

These conversations will be the basis of a report from the Commissioner for Sustainable Futures on the long term challenges facing Wales.

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Later this year the Welsh Government will introduce its Future Generations Bill, which will aim to ensure that organisations are working to hand over to the next generation a country that is measurably better in terms of economy, environment, quality of life and life chances.

In Cardiff Communities & Tackling Poverty Minister Jeff Cuthbert, who is responsible for the Bill, met Richard Morgan, a Senior Advisor for UNICEF and their former Director of Policy and Practice at their New York HQ.

Jeff Cuthbert said:

"It is great to see UNICEF paying such a keen interest in how we are aiming to make Wales a truly sustainable nation. Our vision is to make sure that the decisions made today help improve the lives of the current generation, but also leave a better legacy for our children and grandchildren. That is why getting young people across Wales interested in this agenda is so important."

In the coming weeks the Minister will reveal further details of the National Conversation and the Future Generations Bill.

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